Research Fellow, QT-Hub Geophysics Applications - Engineering and Physical Sciences

United Kingdom
£30,942 - £42,792
Jan 03, 2021
Feb 02, 2021
Organization Type
University and College
Full Time
Position Details

School of Civil Engineering

University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham UK

Full time starting salary is normally in the range £30,942 to £40,322. With potential progression once in post to £42,792 a year.

Grade 7

Full time

Fixed term contract for up to 24 months

Closing date: 2nd December 2020


The research will be conducted as part of the Quantum Technology (QT) - Hub in Sensors and Timing (see ) Geophysics work package aiming to develop, build and test quantum technology gravity sensors for a range of engineering, geology and earth science applications. Work has been ongoing to develop cold atom and MEMS quantum technology gravity (gradient) sensors, which are now moving out of the lab environment to real field trials.

To create and contribute to the creation of knowledge by undertaking a specified range of activities within an established research programme and/or specific research project.

Summary of Role
  • Work within specified research grants and projects and contribute to writing bids
  • Operate within area of specialism
  • Analyse and interpret research findings and results
  • Contribute to generating funding
  • Contribute to licensing or spin out deals with demonstrated commercial success (such as revenues, asset or company sales, IP generated) and/or public understanding of the discipline or similar

Main Duties

The responsibilities may include some but not all of the responsibilities outlined below.
  • Contribute to developing new models, techniques and methods - particularly related to demonstrating the potential of quantum technology gravity sensors for engineering applications
  • Organise and manage field trials to collect data under realistic field conditions. This also involves engaging with site/land owners and writing risk assessments and methodologies.
  • Conduct field trials using, amongst others, ground penetrating radar and gravity sensors
  • Collaborate with eth QT-Hub Geophysics team to fulfil its deliverables and milestones and contribute to the wider National Quantum Technology Programme.
  • Develop research objectives and proposals for own or joint research, with assistance of a mentor if required
  • Contribute to writing bids for research funding
  • Analyse and interpret data
  • Apply knowledge in a way which develops new intellectual understanding
  • Disseminate research findings for publication, research seminars etc
  • Supervise students on research related work and provide guidance to PhD students where appropriate to the discipline
  • Undertake management/administration arising from research
  • Contribute to Departmental/School research-related activities and research-related administration
  • Contribute to enterprise, business development and/or public engagement activities of manifest benefit to the College and the University, often under supervision of a project leader
  • Collect research data; this may be through a variety of research methods, such as scientific experimentation, literature reviews, and research interviews *
  • Present research outputs, including drafting academic publications or parts thereof, for example at seminars and as posters *
  • Provide guidance, as required, to support staff and any students who may be assisting with the research *
  • Deal with problems that may affect the achievement of research objectives and deadlines*
  • Promotes equality and values diversity acting as a role model and fostering an inclusive working culture.

* These indicative responsibilities may also be included in a research role at grade 6.

Person Specification
  • First degree in geophysics, physics, engineering or computer science and normally, a higher degree relevant to research area or equivalent qualifications
  • High level analytical capability
  • Ability to communicate complex information clearly
  • Fluency in relevant models, techniques or methods and ability to contribute to developing new ones
  • Ability to assess resource requirements and use resources effectively
  • Understanding of and ability to contribute to broader management/administration processes
  • Contribute to the planning and organising of the research programme and/or specific research project
  • Co-ordinate own work with others to avoid conflict or duplication of effort
  • Knowledge of the protected characteristics of the Equality Act 2010, and how to actively ensure in day to day activity in own area that those with protected characteristics are treated equally and fairly
  • Fluency in Matlab, sensors, data analysis, mathematics and core physics.

For further information please contact Nicole Metje -

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